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Ezra Daniel’s Sci-Fi Upgrade Soul gets a Digital Upgrade

19 Oct

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Ezra Claytan Daniels‘ digital comic Upgrade Soul is literally getting an upgrade. This version of the 3D comic will relaunch on October 25th with the more content. The original release was never complete. When considering how often the graphics engine has improved over time, perhaps the effects will truly leap at readers. The ‘free’ version offers chapter one for all to read, and for the remainder of October, the entire digital comic can be unlocked for $6.99 USD. On November 1, the price will increase by $1.

The haunting soundtrack from Alexis Gideon gives the reading experience a unique pleasure. The compositions truly add to the atmosphere because it’s in sync with the narrative. FPE Records vinyl release makes for a terrific side-journey for those nights when all folks want is a little ambience for the Halloween season. If you like Goblin, then this album is for you! Two versions are available for purchase: a regular black and a limited edition run on translucent orange, with red markings and a signed print by Daniels. Of the latter, only 100 copies will be released worldwide.

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Ad Astra: 20 Years of Newspaper Ads for Sci-Fi & Fantasy

3 Oct

Released
Sept 10, 2019

Not to be confused with the Brad Pitt movie of the same name, Ad Astra: 20 Years of Newspaper Ads for Sci-Fi & Fantasy Films says it all. It’s a huge collection of clippings which brings me back to very memorable days of when I went to the movies a lot–the 80s and 90s. This book is a spinoff of Michael Gingold‘s other tomes, namely his selling Ad Nauseam: Newsprint Nightmares from the 80s and followup, from the 90s and 00s. His love for collecting clippings is very evident in what’s curated in this collection. I can only imagine what his scrapbook library looks like.

Alternate artwork, short three sentence reviews (from the major papers of those days) and rarely seen ads from editions from other countries make up this work.

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Cats of the Louvre is nothing to Meow At

21 Sep

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Viz Media
Sept 17, 2019

Makoto Kobayashi’s “What’s Michael” may well have captured the hearts of many with his hilarious look at one of Japan’s most beloved cats, but over in Paris, Taiyo Matsumoto shows not every feline has to be an alley cat. They can be refined little nekos. Cats of the Louvre is a welcome addition to my family of kitties to play with.

Matsumoto’s artistic style more inspired by the talents from this country, namely Moebius, and it is perfect to capture the romance and beauty of everything Paris represents.

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Dark Horse Comics is At the Mountains of Madness June 26th!

15 Jun

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Publication Date: June 26, 2019
Dark Horse Comics

Go Tanabe’s adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft‘s At The Mountains of Madness is the greatest thing since sliced bread. When considering not many attempts to convert this novella to a consumer-friendly form exists–be it a movie (a comic book and two radio plays were made in the past)–I believe the first half of the tale is not too difficult. Filmmakers or storytellers most likely may borrow from John Carpenter’s The Thing to set the tone. To make the remainder wholly different is where the challenge lays.

This artist is no stranger to this author’s work either. In 2017, Dark Horse Comics published his adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s The Hound And Other Stories TPB (Amazon Link).

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